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    1. Narrative Initiated Lucid Dreaming

      by , 08-18-2022 at 11:24 PM
      NILD is the technique I learned at 9-10 years old. I’ve had thousands of lucid dreams from NILD over the course of 20 years. I discovered lucid dreaming communities a couple of years ago and have since adopted new techniques, but this is the gem I used prior. It remains my most powerful technique.

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      Do you ever lay in bed imagining a story in your mind? Is there a specific scenario in mind that you would like to dream about? Then this is the technique for you!

      NILD involves starting up a story narrative while you're awake that will continue as a lucid dream after you fall asleep doing it.

      By emulating a dream in waking state, you can ease the transition into a lucid dream—this is where the magic happens!

      NILD also helps with incubation and dream control.

      WILD & DILD Combined
      WILD stands for Wake Initiated Lucid Dreaming, and DILD stands for Dream Initiated Lucid Dreaming. NILD combines both WILD and DILD in a way that doesn't take away effectiveness of either. Instead, you will reap the benefits of both.

      With NILD, the lucid dream will either directly start from your waking state (WILD), or it can start at any point while you're already dreaming (DILD).

      Narrative as an Anchor
      If you've heard of WILD anchors before, then you know that a mental anchor allows you to maintain consciousness as you fall asleep. This is the main ingredfient of WILD, and what allows you to transition consciously from waking to sleep. In the case of NILD, a story narrative will be your anchor.

      Fluid Anchors
      Unlike nonchanging anchors for WILD such as the sound of a fan or visualization of a specific object, the narrative anchor embraces wandering thoughts. As you fall asleeop, your mind starts to wander off actively into apparent randomness. This is the nature of dreams and can be worked with (rather than against) to great effect with NILD.

      How to do NILD
      As you lay in bed (you can start any time), start thinking of a story that you would like to dream about. It helps to use settings and characters that motivate you on an emotional level, something that you can easily get lost in, and invest your time in without it feeling like a chore. For example, I like to imagine that I'm a dragon visiting other worlds through portals, and I go on lots of adventures.

      It can also help to include things from previous dreams you've had, though this is optional.

      Any perspective is fine, whethr first person or third person. Details like that don't actually matter, so don't worry about them. Don't bother trying to follow a detailed set of rules or make a presentable movie in your mind.

      Rather, you should start a story narrative that you can easily and comfortably follow as you fall asleep. The more enjoyable and low effort, the better.

      The goal is passive awareness, as with any WILD anchor.

      So skip on the complex decision-making, complicated plot structures, and overfocus. Allow the logic to flow on its own. Allow your story to unfold naturally, going with the first things that pop into your head, letting your mind wander freely while keeping track of your narrative.

      That said, it's fine to make edits here and there if you don't like where the story is going. Just don't over-focus on editing your story. Put emphasis on letting your mind do its thing. There can be action, chaos, plot, and excitement, but it should be easy to think about and fun!

      There will be moments, especially as you get closer to sleep, where your thoughts may veer off track—this is fine and normal. Keep doing what you're doing!

      When you get the ball rolling on a story narrative, you will start to (eventually) fall asleep consciously because you're engaged in a story that flows and wanders like a dream—creating a seamless transition.

      This process works so well because it cultivates a dreaming mind before you fall asleep. You start the dream when you're awake, you encourage dream-like thought patterns, and work with your mind (instead of against it) to enter a fully realized dream that you can stay engaged in. This will not only give you lucid dreams, but train you to have longer lucid dreams with stable narratives.

      NILD & WBTB
      WBTB is not required, but can enhance the effectiveness of NILD. WBTB stands for Wake Back to Bed, and can be done either using alarms or natural awakenings in the night. Any time you wake up in the night, go back to sleep doing NILD. 5 hours into sleep is a good recommended time if you planning out your WBTBs, but other times can also work.

      More About WILD
      If you're still looking for more details about WILD in general, such as external/internal anchors, and awareness balance, here is a link to my general WILD guide: https://www.dreamviews.com/blogs/ner...d-guide-94340/

      Updated 09-02-2022 at 07:42 PM by 99032

      Tags: mild, narrative, nild, wild
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    2. Moving/Talking During WILD Hallucination

      by , 08-17-2022 at 03:33 PM
      While falling asleep last night, my white noise machine started making an entirely different sound. it was an abrupt change, as if the setting had been switched.

      I was creeped out by this sound. My white noise machine has a few different built-in settings, and the sound didn’t match any of them.

      I sat up and reached out to turn it off. This woke my SO.
      I said to my SO “It’s making a different sound. Do you hear that?“

      My SO responded “No. it’s still making the same sound.”

      I responded “Are you sure? Because It’s making a different sound right now.”

      My SO said that this went on for about 30 seconds of me being utterly dumbfounded because it was definitely making a different sound for me. Turns out I was hallucinating it. This happens a lot for me when I do WILD.

      When I turned it back on, the machine went back to making the correct sound and I went to sleep.

      Confirmed everything with my SO in the morning.
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    3. How to Induce Dreamless States

      by , 08-09-2022 at 12:14 AM
      This guide outlines a method to begin exploring dreamless states, whether you've had them before or if you are a beginner in this aspect of conscious sleep.

      What is a dreamless state?
      A dreamless state (aka a dream about nothing) is a state of sleep in which you are consciously aware, but there is no experience (either external or internal senses). There is no sight, sound, tactile, or any other sensations either environmental or imagined. There are no thoughts or dreams, but you are still consciously aware in the moment. It is awareness in its purest form.

      Void Dreams
      There is a distinction that can be made between dreamless/nothing sleep and "void" dreams in which you may experience a void of some kind. The void may be black, white, or some other color. You may be able to see your hands or not. Although you are having a dream "about nothing", void dreams are still dreams. They are not true nothingness states. Although void dreams are nifty in their own right, they are not what this guide is about!

      Three Types of Conscious Sleep
      From my experience, there seems to be three main types of conscious states you can have while you're asleep:
      - Dreams, in which you experience some kind of story or illusory existence that mimics the sensations of being awake. These can be lucid or nonlucid and have different levels of vividness, awareness, etc. (lucid dreaming typically falls into this category). These can also mix with waking environmental experience while transitioning to and from dreams (especially if you're doing WILD with your eyes open or experience dream residue hallucinations after waking). In any case, it's a dream.
      - Sleep thinks! (as I affectionately like to call them). You can also have lucid thinks or nonlucid thinks. These are similar to dreams, but more thought-like in nature. Instead of dreaming about walking around a forest full of trees, you can be thinking about trees (while asleep) the way you might think about trees while awake. These act more like the thoughts you have while awake. You could also call these dreams, but it can help to make the distinction just for the sake of exploration and understanding.
      - Nothingness state is the third main type of conscious sleep that I have noticed. This is the state in which there are no dreams, thoughts, or experiences other than conscious awareness, which this guide is about!

      Switching Between States
      It's worth nothing that the above states do not seem to be bound to any particular sleep cycle. I don't have the necessary equipment to test sleep stages (NREM vs REM), but have experimented with switching between all three of the above states in every possible direction at various times of both night and day. You can go from dream to think to nothing, or nothing to think to dream, or any other combination of switching any time, as far as I can tell. These are all within your control as the dreamer, as is waking up—you are not forced into any particular state and can freely move between them any time.

      Although there are studies and evidence linking certain sleep phases to certain states, which I'm sure could have truth to them, I theorize that these may just be natural tendencies of the average research participant (who may not be deliberately switching their state) and not hard limitations for the conscious dreamer who wants to be able to fluidly switch their state.

      How to Start Having Dreamless States
      There are different ways you can induce a dreamless states. An easy way for beginners (and the way I got started with it) is to set intention to be aware of when you wake up from sleep naturally. Tell yourself that you will be mindful and aware the next time you wake up, and also to be aware of when you are about to wake up. Remind yourself of your intention throughout the day and before bed. You can strengthen your intention by walking yourself through the process of what it will be like in your mind and connecting your plans with the ends of dreams you've had in the past, or other experiences you've had around this time.

      Practice every morning (and any time you wake up naturally in the night or from naps). It may take some time to train yourself to do this (likely a few days or weeks).

      The goal is to get yourself to be aware every time you wake up and the moment before waking. This will cause you to become highly aware of when your dream is about to end (due to natural waking). You will be able to feel it coming during the dream (which can also trigger lucidity). If you're already lucid, you may find yourself saying goodbye to your dream characters or otherwise acknowledging that it is time to naturally wake up in the morning.

      By setting your intention to be aware every time you wake up or are about to wake, you set yourself up to be conscious in a period of sleep after a dream and before waking, taking advantage of your body's natural increase of awareness during this transition from dream to waking state (you're just becoming aware a bit sooner than usual in this case).

      Doing this enough to train the habit, you can start to have dreamless states in the morning and with natural WBTBs.

      What is Awareness?
      There is sometimes confusion and hang-ups on "what" awareness is, which I want to be very clear about. Awareness can be a lot of things, but for the purposes of this guide and these dreamless states, awareness is not tied to your physical senses. Awareness simply means that you acknowledge that you exist in the here and now. It can also be awareness of time, since timing can be used as a trigger for dreamless states (awareness of the time before and during waking from sleep).

      Meditation
      Meditation may help in preparation for having dreamless states. Learning to bring your thoughts back to a focus point every time your mind wanders is a good way to train yourself to hold these states longer. You can also shut off your sensory perceptions while waking through meditation as a way to prepare for the "nothing" state in sleep.

      DISCLAIMER: I'm in no way qualified to speak on topics of sleep yoga or Buddhist practices, which is not the purpose of this guide. I'm simply writing this guide to help answer some questions I've been asked from curious dreamers, since I'm a lucid dreamer who frequently experiences nothingness states. I learned this on my own by accident. There's likely far more to this state than I currently understand.

      Take care and good luck, dream explorers!
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    4. No Outside

      by , 08-01-2022 at 11:56 PM
      20-50 residents, including my mother, lived in a building with no windows. The residents were more than roommates, operating as a small community within these walls. In what appeared to be a converted commercial building, they constructed their lives as if none had ever considered venturing outside.

      It was cozy, despite the makeshift bedrooms being sectioned off by curtains instead of walls. Multiple families shared each wing.

      The strangeness I witnessed didn't stop at the building or living conditions of its residents. As I interacted with the residents in my discrete human form, I realized how out of touch they were. They had never seen a stranger before, and yet they had little interest in where I came from. There was no one in charge of this group either. No bosses, no landlords. The more I interacted with them, the more they seemed to me like children.

      Even my own mother, a fiercely independent woman, needed assistance keeping warm at night with a blanket and space heater.

      Something wasn't right.

      I wandered from room to room, finding a portal in one of the hallways that transported me to an almost identical, but clearly separate alternate universe featuring the same building and families. These people existed across a multiverse with minor differences between each one.

      In my exploration, I also found an exit. It led out into a parking garage with no cars. Empty, except for the robotic drones patrolling the parameter. They appeared like hovering disks with cameras below their rims. The way they stopped and stared at me gave me the impression that I should not get any closer.

      I went back in and asked the residents about these drones. They told me not to go beyond the garage. The drones would have to shoot you dead for attempting to leave. This information was casual and lighthearted, of no concern to anyone. These people were born there and content to live out the rest of their lives as such, from what I gathered. They couldn't comprehend a world outside this building, nor did they desire to. They explained to me that the drones protected them.

      The drones also kept the utilities and computers running, provided essential food and items distributed through a credit currency system, and enforced laws to keep the community safe—even though there was no crime within the community. Criminal activity was rare, since the group was small and there were plenty of resources to go around. Everyone was, for the most part, happy.

      Going back to the parking garage, I transformed into my dragon to deal with the drones. I turned itself invisible and flew over them. The drones spotted me in spite of my cloaking and fired powerful shots, but my dragon absorbed them without taking any damage.

      I rounded a corner to lose the drones, and made my way down the stairs to the exit of the parking garage. When I got towards the bottom of the stairs, I found what was beyond it... The thing that the residents claimed to be protected from, and which kept them trapped here. Even though they had never seen it before, they were right. Halfway down a flight of stairs was a bright white abyss. The world ended here, and there was nothing. There was no "outside" for them to yearn for, nothing for them to comprehend. No wonder they seemed baffled by the prospect of an outside.

      As the dreamer, I can see the abyss. If I touch it, an electrical shock goes through my spine and I wake up, often accompanied by sleep paralysis (though I've been learning how to avoid it).
      The residents can't see or comprehend it, and will dissolve into nonexistence if they touch the abyss. For them, it's lethal.

      There is a group of more powerful entities who can see the abyss and travel through it. They've hunted me before. No doubt they created this place, and are running it. I had a feeling they were using these people (and these facilities) to speed up evolution, though I don't recall how I knew.
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